Imperial College London

Professor Ramana Nanda

Business School

Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance



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Ramana Nanda is a Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance and Academic Lead at the Institute for Deep Tech Entrepreneurship at Imperial, a Research Fellow in the Financial Economics Programme of the CEPR and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School. 

His research examines financing frictions facing new ventures, with an aim to help entrepreneurs with fundraising and to shed light on how financial intermediaries, corporate R&D and policy makers can improve the odds of selecting and commercializing the most promising ideas and technologies in the economy.

For the academic years 2007 through 2020, Ramana was on the full-time faculty of Harvard Business School, most recently as Sarofim-Rock Professor and co-director of the Private Capital Project.  He received his Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management and has a BA and MA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. He is a recipient of the 2020 ERC Consolidator Grant and 2015 Kauffman Prize Medal, that is awarded annually to one scholar under age 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to the literature in entrepreneurship.

Prior to starting his Ph.D., Ramana was based in the London and New York offices of Oliver, Wyman & Company, where he worked primarily with clients in global capital markets as well as in small-business banking.  He continues to advise startup ventures on their financing strategies and also works with philanthropists and investors looking to back "deep tech" entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.



Nanda R, Barrot J-N, 2020, The employment effects of faster payment: Evidence from the federal quickpay reform, The Journal of Finance, Vol:75, ISSN:0022-1082, Pages:3139-3173

Nanda R, Samila S, Sorenson O, 2020, The persistent effect of initial success: evidence from venture capital, Journal of Financial Economics, Vol:137, ISSN:0304-405X, Pages:231-248

Lerner J, Nanda R, 2020, Venture capital's role in financing innovation: what we know and how much we still need to learn, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol:34, ISSN:0895-3309, Pages:237-261

Comin D, Nanda R, 2019, Financial development and technology diffusion, Imf Economic Review, Vol:67, ISSN:2041-4161, Pages:395-419

Ewens M, Nanda R, Rhodes-Kropf M, 2018, Cost of experimentation and the evolution of venture capital, Journal of Financial Economics, Vol:128, ISSN:0304-405X, Pages:422-442

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